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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = bench
A place for people to sit; allows room for several people.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

A place for people to sit; allows room for several people. Benches are used for resting for an interval of time. They can be important to people with mobility impairments (e.g. needs a cane or crutches) who need a place to rest for a couple minutes while traveling on foot. Additionally, benches are often a suitable substitute for everyday activities like eating, reading, etc. when a picnic table is not available.

How to Map

Use the tag amenity=bench on a node Node. A single standalone node would be the most suitable way to map a small detail like a bench most of the time.


  • backrest=yes/no Whether the bench has a backrest to lean against. For people who have problems with their back this could be useful information.
  • direction= Use a compass point (e.g. "NW") or value in degrees (e.g. "315") to indicate the direction which the bench (or a person sitting on it) faces.
  • seats= Number of seats
  • colour= Colour
  • material= What is the bench made from? e.g. wood, steel
  • operator= Who maintains the bench?



  • Mapnik - Bench-16.svg
  • Wanderreitkarte - rendered in the online map
  • Potlatch 2 - "rendered" with an icon of a bench in the enhanced style of the editing window
  • JOSM - rendered with an icon of a backless bench

See Also